Thursday, February 26, 2009

Disney’s Vinylmation Park Series 1

For Valentine’s Day this year Aly got me an unexpected present, an It’s A Small World 9” Vinylmation Mickey Mouse vinyl figure designed by Disney designer Monty Maldovan. The Blot had been wanting one of these limited edition figures for a while, but they are being sold exclusively at Disney Theme Parks and there isn’t one of those anywhere near the state of Texas. So even though Aly doesn’t always approve of my vinyl addiction, she made a little detour during her to trip LA a few weeks ago and surprised me on V-Day with my very first Vinylmation figure.

Disney’s Vinylmation Park Series 1 - It's A Small World 9 Inch Mickey Mouse Vinyl Figure by Monty Maldovan
For some reason, Disney’s new line of original collectible vinyl figures hasn’t gotten much press. The Blot first learned about Disney’s Vinylmation figures a month or two ago, but couldn’t find any information about them besides the fact that they were being sold exclusively at Disney Theme Parks. So, The Blot put in a call in to my source at Disney and I’ve since learned that the first release was entitled Vinylmation Park Series 1 and includes a blind boxed series of 3” figures and a corresponding series of limited edition 9” figures.

Disney’s Vinylmation Park Series 1 3 Inch Mickey Mouse Figures - Teacup, Haunted Mansion & the Sorcerer's Hat (from Fantasia)
The Blot's huge fan of old school Disney rides and their retro feel, so I really love the Small World 9” figure and the Teacup 3” figure’s designs. Plus, Mickey Mouse really does make a great vinyl platform for artwork of all kinds!

Park Series 1 features art and designs inspired by the Disney Theme Parks and were designed by members of the Disney Design Group and Walt Disney Imagineers. There were 12 different designs in the 3” Parks Series 1 (including one mystery chase figure), but from what I’ve read all of the figures have the same ratio. I haven’t been able to find out exactly how many different designs were produced in Vinylmation’s 9” Mickey form, but each design is limited to between 200-600 figures.

Disney’s Vinylmation Park Series 1 3 Inch Mickey Mouse Figures - Kermit, Monorail & Figment
The 3 inch Vinylmation Blind Box series sell for $9.99 while the 9 inch Vinylmation figures sell for around $40. Since Park Series 1 did so well (the 3” figures have long since sold out), Disney is already working on production for their next Vinylmation release, Urban Series 1. Expect more a future blog post on the upcoming series as details become available.
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